04/05/2012 12:27 pm ET Updated Apr 11, 2012

Sandra Fluke Names Sandra Day O'Connor As Female Icon (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Growing up, Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke said she looked up to another Sandra, former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Conner.

Fluke, whom Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) rejected as a witness before an all-male congressional panel on the contraception-funding mandate, found herself in the media spotlight after radio host Rush Limbaugh called her a "slut" for advocating that employer health plans cover contraception.

President Barack Obama called to support Fluke, who has become something of an unofficial spokesperson for young women in the contraception debate, and conservatives joined Limbaugh with personal attacks on her.

"[She] was kind of a model for me because that was the early '80s, she was the first woman on the Supreme Court and we had the same first name and I thought that was really cool," Fluke told reporter Laura Bassett during a live video discussion Thursday in HuffPost's D.C. office. " When I was a little girl I was certainly very intrigued with her."

Watch the video above and the full interview below.